The latest long-range weather forecast for Illinois shows a transition from El Nino to La Nina. The El Nino that affects weather patterns across the country should be phasing out and will be replaced by La Nina, which is expected to develop during the summer.
La Nina is the opposite of El Nino and occurs when Pacific waters are colder than normal. State Climatologist Jim Angel explains what this means to next month's forecast.
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For the rest of the summer there's no major risk of being too wet or too dry, but there is a chance of higher than normal temperatures. Angel says it's unusual for hot temps to not be accompanied by very dry weather.